Whether or not you’re a fan of the Bethesda brand of RPG, Fallout 4 is undeniably one of the biggest game releases of the year.
This game has been hugely anticipated by most gamers, and it looks like the hype train has for once, delivered. One of the nicest surprises, though, is that you can have a character (male or female) who is both bisexual and polyamorous.
What makes this all the more interesting is that this is the first time proper relationship options make an appearance in the Fallout series. You could have basic flirtations in Fallout: New Vegas, but this is the very first fully fledged relationship mechanic for the franchise.
Well known games journalist Jim Sterling had this to say in his review: “What I love most about the companionship of Fallout 4 is the fact that, yes, you can pursue multiple romantic partnerships and the game totally allows it.”
“You’re not locked into a single relationship, and can actually maintain more than one without getting judged or upsetting anybody. This is certainly the first game I’ve seen – and arguably the first mainstream one overall – that simply allows for polyamorous relationships without making a big deal about it. I’m very happy in my three-way love affair between a lady Irish rogue and a charming ghoul fellow, I can tell you that much.”
Rukia Brooks, founder of Cupcake Studios, also weighed on the option for polyamory: “One huge aspect that I have always had an issue in games is the idea of being bound to a character. I remember specifically in Dragon Age: Origins having a soft spot for Leliana but also Alistair. So it was rather crushing that I couldn’t romance and have a polyamorous relationship with both. I think the fact that Fallout 4 has the option to have multiple partners is wonderful, but I wish there was actually dialogue to reconcile the fact of your character being polyamorous.”
It’s great to see such flexibility being integrated into such a mainstream, big budget title. We have seen the option to be in a same-sex relationship before, of course, but this is one of the best examples we’ve seen so far of both bisexuality and fluidity.